BBC selects Plymouth based GOSS Interactive to develop website innovation
Not content with being the powering technology behind the websites of the Met Office, Virgin Trains, Brittany Ferries, South West Water and over 60 UK local authorities, GOSS Interactive has just beaten over 40 leading companies to be selected to build a pilot for the next-generation browsing technology of the BBC website.
The BBC Connected Studio has been running a number of high profile competitions recently aimed at selecting the very best of UK technology to power the BBC's vision for the website of the future. The initiative has a £2m fund and was launched in November 2011 by Ralph Rivera, BBC director of Future Media. Adrian Woolard, project director for BBC research & development is now in charge of the project.
A team from GOSS Interactive attended the BBC Creative Studio event at Media City UK in Salford in May where over 40 companies pitched their leading-edge technology and ideas.
GOSS was then shortlisted amongst 9 companies and invited back in June for a 2 day intensive development session. At this session the GOSS graphical browsing technology impressed the judges and is now moving forward, with 2 other companies, to deliver a full pilot where the public will be invited to provide feedback. The process followed by the BBC and further information can be found on the BBC blog.
Rob McCarthy, CEO of GOSS Interactive stated
"We pride ourselves on working on the best projects, using the best technology and showcasing it to the biggest companies in the UK. Keeping up with these challenges is immensely hard work but very exciting and rewarding. Finding and nurturing great staff is so important and GOSS are amazingly proud of the people we have and what they produce. However we are growing strongly and just hope we can stay in Plymouth despite the immense difficulty in finding more staff that have the skills to match our ambition".
Rob McCarthy explained the new browsing technology by stating
"Imagine a BBC website that is created just for you and your interests. That is the vision for this project. The GOSS solution combines all of the big data and content held at the BBC and manages to present it in a unique personalised view that will deliver a great user experience".